Friday 31 October 2014

Irish-funded surgeons save newborn's life

Emma Jane Hade

Published 23/05/2014 | 02:30

Life-saving cardiac operations are taking place on children
Emergency cardiac surgery being performed by an Irish funded surgical team in Ukraine on a critically ill nine day old baby

A TEAM of surgeons funded by an Irish charity have saved the life of a nine-day-old infant in war-torn Ukraine.

The little boy, known only as Miroslava, suffers from genetic heart defects. He was the most critical of the patients that greeted the surgical team organised by Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International.

His parents said that they were "so grateful" to the Irish people for funding the humanitarian mission. "You are his guardian angels," they said.

Ms Roche said: "It has been very distressing since we suspended our cardiac missions to Eastern Ukraine knowing that children's lives were dangling in the balance." However, she said they had managed to get a team of cardiac surgeons into the centre of the strife.

She said it was a "heroic act" on behalf of the surgeons who have put "aside their personal lives and have taken a great risk".

The lives of 14 children have been saved so far. There are 60 children on the waiting list that are hoping to be seen to by the team, after two missions there were previously postponed.

This mission is one of just six annual missions which is funded by the Irish organisation and the International Children's Heart Foundation.

Irish Independent

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